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Religious Studies at The Regis School

Course description

Have you ever asked yourself the question ‘Why do I exist?, Does God exist? Is there such thing as a selfless good deed? Why should I follow rules? Studying Religious Studies, will in no-way provide the answers to these questions, if anything it will make you ask more!

This course provides an opportunity for students to engage with a variety of topical questions around belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth. Students will be able to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in light of what they have learnt.

There will be a range of relevant and contemporary themes to study that will promote awareness of modern-world issues and engagement within the classroom. The new A-level Religious Studies specification offers a range of faith-specific options, ensuring students have a thorough understanding of diverse philosophical and ethical viewpoints.

The course features a variety of relevant and contemporary themes, to help inspire engaging classroom discussion. Students will also gain critical and evaluative skills sought after by higher education and employers. Students of all abilities will be challenged and inspired, whilst developing valuable skills sought after by higher education and employers. It is a highly regarded subject, which develops your critical thinking skill.

You will enjoy it if you enjoy discussion and argument about ideas. Students have felt it really helped them with their study of English, History, Geography and Science. It is ideal as a supporting subject for University entrance for any arts course, law and to support the study of science and medicine.

Entry requirements

5 subjects at grade C and above. Grade B at English at GCSE is desirable.

Assessment

Component 1 – Year 1

Written exam: 3 hours / 100 marks / 50% of A-level Questions Section A: Philosophy of religion – two compulsory two-part questions, each worth 10 marks and 15 marks Section B: Ethics and religion – two compulsory two-part questions, each worth 10 marks and 15 marks

Component 2 – Year 2

Written exam: 3 hours / 100 marks / 50% of A-level Questions Section A: Study of religion – two compulsory two-part questions, each worth 10 marks and 15 marks relating to the religion chosen.

Questions may be set that span more than one topic. In each two-part question, the first part tests AO1 and the second part tests AO2. Section B: The dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion – one unstructured synoptic question from a choice of two (25 marks). Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion – one unstructured synoptic question from a choice of two (25 marks)

Future opportunities

It makes a good choice for a degree. Students of Religious Studies are sought after for careers where good communication is an asset. It forms a good basis for careers in the Police, Social work, and of course, teaching. Students thinking about a career in primary teaching will find this A Level an advantage as teachers familiar with moral issues and citizenship concerns are highly valued. Students thinking about a career in psychotherapy also will find this course very useful as it refers to moral and religious issues that often people struggle with.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Regis School directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2017